Facility maintenance supplier Grainger awarded three remaining 2006 scholarships to technical education students in Illinois, Ohio and Maryland.

This completes the company’s first year of its Tools for Tomorrow scholarship program.

The program provides funding for students at select community colleges to finish their second year in a technical career program.

“As we conclude our inaugural year of the Tools for Tomorrow scholarship program, we are proud to support these exceptional students as they progress in their education,” said James T. Ryan, president of Grainger. “The students of today represent the future of the technical professions.”

Last year, Grainger and the American Association of Community Colleges partnered to launch the scholarship program, designed to help students in technical education. The pilot program awarded students at seven institutions across the country with a scholarship for their second year of college and a specialized tool package upon completion.

The final 2006 scholarships were awarded to Fernando Gomez of Waukegan, Ill., in automotive technology; Brandon Bogle of Milford, Ohio, in electrical engineering; and Troy Hastings of Baltimore in construction management.

Tools for Tomorrow recipient Gomez is an automotive technology student at the College of Lake County in Grayslake, Ill. The first person in his family to attend college, Gomez has demonstrated his commitment to education with a 3.7 grade-point average. He is also president of the Latino Alliance and a member of the Automaniacs Club, which prepared community members’ cars for the winter.

Grainger also honored Cincinnati State Technical and Community College student Brandon Bogle. According to his instructors, Bogle is “an aggressive learner who clearly demonstrates his commitment to excel academically.”

With his 3.7 grade-point average and a consistent place on the dean’s list, Bogle balances his electrical engineering courses with a full-time job and a family of six, while managing to tutor fellow students and participate in a co-op job.

The final 2006 scholarship recipient is a student at the Community College of Baltimore County-Catonsville. Troy Hastings’ interest in construction grew out of his family’s involvement in the field and the opportunity to participate in the National Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee’s electrical program.

Five years later, Hastings is the first construction management student to be awarded a Construction Crafts Professional Certificate at the Catonsville school while simultaneously earning his master electrician license and a 3.62 grade-point average.

“Students enrolled in technical career programs will help to meet a serious and growing skills gap in our country,” said American Association of Community Colleges President George R. Boggs. “By stepping up to recognize their potential, Grainger is not only helping deserving students, but they are also investing in our nation’s continuing economic success.”